For someone who grew up listening to the original LPs, this CD is somewhat of a mixed blessing. On the one hand it offers a complete record of the soundtrack and then some, which is great, but in other ways it feels incomplete and not fully realized. What I mean is that certain themes are fragmented, which is the way it was in the movie itself, and not presented as a whole piece like they were in the non-soundtrack recordings. The Love Theme is one example as well as the Mother's Love theme and the Rowing of the Galley Slaves.
But, that aside, this is such a rewarding experience for anyone who has appreciated Rosa's work in this film. And the extended versions do add an extra dimension to an already impressive score, like those for the Love Theme, where the use of a flute and harp bring a more authentic archaic sound to the recording.
Again, for anyone who loved this music, this is certainly worthy to have, which is why I give it 5 stars, and I can only hope a similar quality treatment will be made for the recordings done from the LPs.